What Goes Up...

...must come down, right?

It's true in the case of convection, which is the process of warm fluids rising and cool fluids sinking. A fluid can be a liquid or a gas. The earth's atmosphere is a fluid, and it is heated from below by the ground. This causes many things to occur, such as beautiful cloud patterns, enormous thunderstorms, and even variations in the climate. Convection is everywhere!

Click the links below to...

...discover the secrets behind intricate cloud patterns as well as dark, ominous thunderstorms.
...look at convection through the eyes of a NOAA scientist, and create your own computer model of convection.
...learn about this and other displays at NOAA and how to see them for yourself!